Originally in the News & Observer
By Craig Jarvis, July 27, 2015

By the end of this week, some of North Carolina’s statewide races should become a little clearer with the first look at the extent of campaign fundraising so far this year.

State Sen. Josh Stein, a Democrat from Raleigh, who is expected to run for Attorney General Roy Cooper’s set when Cooper formally announces his run for governor, filed his report Monday.

Stein took in $365,000 through the end of June and has $1.1 million cash on hand. (Hat tip to Jonathan Kappler for spotting that first.)

Almost all of the contributions come from individuals rather than political action committees. The report shows $300,000 in debts and obligations.

Cooper’s formal announcement to run against Gov. Pat McCrory isn’t expected until later this year. Stein and Tim Dunn, a Fayetteville lawyer and formal congressional candidate, are expected to run in the Democratic primary to replace him.

State Sen. Buck Newton, a Republican from Wilson, has formally announced he will run for attorney general. His campaign finance report was not available Monday. The deadline to file is Friday.